"(It's) impossible to go back and try to figure out why things weren’t being done before.”
Impossible? Really? Difficult? Sure. Painful? Probably. Necessary? You bet.
I'd really have loved to seen a follow up that asked Dr. Hargens WHY it is impossible. Perhaps it was simply a failure under the previous administration to keep an eye out on progress, or too much covering of tracks by those responsible. Perhaps people are lacking the help they need, or the ability to do what they've been tasked to do. I don't think understanding why you've failed to progress is an exercise in blame, it's an exercise in improvement. At the very least I'd like to understand what Dr. Hargens has in place to make sure that it is no longer impossible to identify why things weren't being done before should future failures occur.
I do think Dr. Hargens is working to improve JCPS, and has been a 500% improvement on her predecessor. But I hope she understands that we need full accountability from now on, including the hard assessments of past mistakes that ensure we don't continue to make them now or in the future.